Genre Guesstimation – Treasure Island (1972)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Richard of Kirkham A Movie A Day and it is Swashbuckler Films

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Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Swashbuckler Films.

“We had a bargain” – Long John Silver

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Aug 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A young boy finds a treasure map and enlists the help of a few locals in order to obtain the treasure before a band of pirates get it.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about ever since I was a kid but never got around to seeing the way that it portrays the classic Robert Louis Stephenson novel on screen.

I always enjoyed reading the book when I was a kid and had high hopes hat this film version would make it all come to life before my eyes.

They created an interesting version here yet it feels at certain points way too tame for such a storyline like this one.

The production feels a bit too Disney-ish and there are parts of the story that seem to be slightly glossed over in order to keep things on the level for kids to enjoy.

The acting is ok here and none of the cast really stands out among the others.

Even an acting giant like Orson Welles feels misused here because his onscreen presence doesn’t live up to what is perceived of a man of his acting stature.

Bottom Line – Interesting version of the story that does a nice job following the storyline set forth in the book yet feels a bit too tame for this kind of story. The film feels too Disney-ish and glosses over some of the more devious and scary parts of the story.  None of the actors here stand out and even an acting giant like Welles doesn’t manage to make his character stand out among the others because his performance isn’t as great as one would hope from someone like him. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The poor audio quality of Orson Welles’ dialogue was apparently due to his recording all his lines in one night in Rome whilst drinking white wine. In 1979, Welles claimed his voice in the film was re-dubbed by another actor. This was true for some versions of the film. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Close. The story feels too “Disney-ish” which takes away from the poignancy of such a great work of fiction.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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